Heath Phillips is about to start a journey he has dreamed about for his entire life.
The Scottsboro senior point guard signed a letter of intent to further his basketball career at Dalton State College in Dalton, Georgia.
“It means the world to me to be able to continue my career,” said Phillips.
Countless hours he spent in the gym is what allowed him to get to this moment, Phillips said, adding that playing college basketball is something that he has always wanted to do. He plans to work hard every day just like he did in high school, and he hopes that will make him successful at the next level.
Scottsboro basketball coach Kenny Hill said that he was excited for Phillips. He said that Phillips never let anyone out-work him, and he helped the Wildcats have success on the court. Hill said that he is always glad when one of his players decides to take the next step in their career. He said that Dalton State was getting a hard worker in Phillips. Hill said that Phillips is strong with the basketball, and he can make shots which is what coaches look for in this day and age. Hill also said that Phillips is a good defender and he does not mind sacrificing his body to take a charge.
“Dalton State is getting a well-rounded, good player that has played a lot of basketball in his career,” said Hill.
Phillips started his high school basketball career at Ider before playing his finals two seasons at Scottsboro. He was a starter his senior season while helping the Wildcats advanced to the Class 5A North Regional semifinals. Phillips averaged 11.1 points, 2.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He hit a team-high 61 3-pointers and a and shot 75 percent (53-of-71) from the foul line.
Phillips said that Dalton State stood out to him because the coaches told him that he would learn more about life than basketball. He said that they would teach him how to be a better person and that is what is important in life.
Phillips thanked God for allowing him to play the game he loves. He thanked his teammates for allowing him to be a part of the Scottsboro program over the last two years. Phillips also thanked his family for pushing him to be better and always being by his side.